Implementation of the System and Training

A prototype of the system was implemented for use in Amman and Irbid in the summer of 2009.

To ensure that MEGA–Jordan meets the real-world data entry and reporting needs of DoA staff and other stakeholders, a pilot implementation of MEGA–Jordan was conducted at the DoA's Amman office and at its regional office in Irbid. The primary purpose was to test all technical aspects of the system within the DoA's computing environment. Because MEGA–Jordan is a Web-based system, the pilot implementation provided a realistic test of the DoA's computer network and Internet service.

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The pilot implementation confirmed that the MEGA–Jordan user interface can support the data entry, editing, and information retrieval needs of DoA leadership, archaeologists, inspectors, and administrative staff. Their feedback on the usefulness and capabilities of the system under real-world conditions of the prototype implementation was of the utmost importance.

DoA leadership and other personnel identified and requested changes to the system during the pilot implementation and testing effort. The process included collecting users' objective reactions (e.g., "I would like to digitize polygons with twenty vertices, but the system only allows ten") and subjective reactions to the application (e.g., "I don't like the colors of the interface"). The DoA and GCI–WMF teams worked with the consultant developer to prioritize the functional capabilities that required improvement based on users feedback.

After the application was updated to reflect the issues identified, a second pilot-testing phase was undertaken to ensure that the system's functionality was acceptable to the DoA. The pilot implementation phase was complete when the design team deemed that all remaining user requested modifications were no longer significant barriers to a full DoA deployment.

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The pilot implementation also allowed the developers to provide system administrative training and technology transfer support to selected DoA staff members, targeting DoA technology staff for system administration training.

Testing of the pilot implementation was conducted over the course of several months.

In anticipation of the system's nationwide deployment, the GCI and Farallon team provided user training for selected DoA staff following a train-the-trainers approach so that DoA staff may act as MEGA–Jordan resources for their colleagues. In April 2010 eight DoA trainers came to the GCI for a three-week training on international heritage guidance, archaeological site assessment, GPS, and the use of MEGA–Jordan and QuantumGIS. Follow-up training was provided in Jordan to the same group of DoA trainers in the summer of 2010.

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In June 2010, the final MEGA–Jordan code was completed and the system was configured for use throughout DoA offices across the kingdom. After adequate time has elapsed to ensure it is functioning correctly, the system will handed over to the DoA, and their technology staff will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the system.

On April 12, 2011, in a ceremony in Amman, the DoA, the GCI, and WMF officially launched operation of MEGA–Jordan at a ceremony held under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan.

Page updated: December 2014


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